Chinatown in Manhattan, New York
Chinatown in Manhattan is
home to the majority of New York City’s
Chinese immigrants. In the Western
Hemisphere, it is the second most populated
Chinatown. The one in San Francisco is on
top of the list.
In terms of land area, it is
third to Chinatown, San Francisco and
Chinatown, Vancouver. It started on Pell,
Park, Doyer and Mott Streets.
The first Chinese immigrant to have settled
in the area is a Cantonese business man
named Ah Ken.
He founded a cigar store on
Park Row, which is now a highly successful
establishment. He arrived in New York during
1858. However, before Ah Ken's arrival, New
York alread hosted a Chinese visitor. During
the 1840s, Quimbo Appo came to Chinatown,
but, according to historians, he did not
become a permanent resident.
The Chinese population rose
to 200 during the 1870s, then to 2,000 by
the 1880s, and then to
an astounding 7,000 in 1990.
Women make up a very minute percentage of
Like Ah Ken, Chinese immigrants who came
later worked as cigar men or as billboard
Ah Ken's successful cigar
shop encouraged cigar makers John Ava, John
Occoo and Willam Longford
to set up operations in
Chinatown where the group eventually
monopolized the cigar industry.